The Staten Island, NY resident in this case woke up one Wednesday morning to find her Toyota Corolla missing from the front of her home, where she had parked it the previous evening. During the night, thieves broke into her car looking for items of value and instead found the Corolla’s spare key- so they took the whole vehicle. Another item hidden inside that the crooks didn’t find was the LoJack® system that was installed upon purchase, which helped local police locate the stolen car quickly and safely.
On December 11th, 2013, the Toyota’s owner contacted the 120th precinct in Staten Island to report the crime. Officers verified the theft and entered the car’s information into the NYPD stolen auto computer and the NCIC national computer. This action automatically activated the concealed LoJack® device, which was installed at Route One Toyota in Avenel, NJ.
A short while later, officers from the Staten Island Auto Larceny Unit picked up the homing signal from the stolen car on the LoJack tracking computers installed in their patrol vehicles. The officers tracked the vehicle to a residential area of the Mariners Harbor section of Staten Island, where they found the Toyota parked and unoccupied. After a brief surveillance, two males entered the car with a key. Before they were able to drive away, they were taken into custody. The undamaged Corolla was soon returned to its delighted owner.
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